Oman

A year round destination for couples, families, adventure, wildlife, beaches and culture

Oman combines breathtaking natural beauty with well preserved culture.  It has spectacular mountains, stunning canons, wild deserts and a beautiful coastline. For first timers to Oman a circuit from Muscat of the Jebel Akhdar mountains, Wahiba Sands and beautiful coast makes for a perfect 10 day tour.  For those returning to the country and those with a little more time the fjord like coastline of the Musandam Peninsula and the southern province of Salalah are great additions to the tour. Oman has a well maintained and expanding road network so our favourite way to visit the country is on a self drive holiday.  Highlights of Oman include:

  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – one of the largest mosques in the world and a beautiful example of Islamic architecture
  • the four forts of Nizwa, Bahla (Unesco-listed), Izki and Rustiq 
  • Muscat Souk and the Friday cattle market in Nizwa
  • Hiking the Blaconies Walk in the Jebel Akhdar
  • visiting the Las al Hard Turtle Reserve
  • spending a night in a desert camp in Wahiba Sands with a morning walk in the dunes
  • snorkelling or diving in the Daymanyat Islands
  • the Empty Quarter – the largest sand desert in the world
  • cruising in a dhow along the coast of the Musandam Peninsula
  • Flying time: 7 hours
  • Time difference: +4 hours
  • Currency: Omani Rial
  • Best time of year to travel: Year round except June - August

Ideas for a trip to Oman

Here are some ideas for trips to Oman all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Self drive Oman

from £1,999 per person
A 10 day tour driving yourself in a 4x4 from Muscat to the Jebel Akhdar mountains, Wahiba Sands, Ras Al Hadid turtle reserve with a few days in muscat to finish. Staying in superior and luxury accommodation

Oman in Style

from £4195 per person
Private tour staying in luxury accommodation and visiting the Daymaniyat islands, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands in an overnight camp, Jebel Akhdar, Muscat and ending with three nights on a tropical beach in Salalah

Short break in Muscat

from £1455 per person
Flying overnight on a Wednesday night and staying three nights at the luxury Al Bustan Palace hotel. Choose from relaxing on the beach, waterspouts, visits tomcat souk and the mosque and day trips to the mountains and Nizwa

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions that haven't been answered here? Send your questions to enquiries@shearwatertravel.co.uk and we'll try our best to help.

You will need to obtain an e-visa before you travel online from the Royal Oman Police

Ensure your usual vaccinations are up to date and check here for advisory vaccinations

Women should dress modestly in public areas like shopping malls. Clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs, and underwear should not be visible. You should not wear swimming attire in public areas, except on tourist beaches or at swimming pools. Women wearing shorts, or tight-fitting clothes, are likely to attract attention

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